Panera Summer Corn Chowder Copycat Recipe

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Panera Summer Corn Chowder Copycat Recipe

Enjoy Panera Bread’s popular seasonal dish with our Copycat Summer Corn Chowder Recipe. A bowl of warm, creamy chowder tastes best when it’s cold and rainy. But Panera’s take on this dish is perfect for summertime. With fresh corn kernels, a creamy base, and hints of spice, this is a warm meal you’d eat even when it’s sunny. This isn’t one of Panera’s most popular soups for no reason, after all.

Chowders really do hit the spot best when it’s rainy and cold. But this dish is so versatile that you can enjoy them all throughout the year, even when it isn’t chilly. Chowders, like Panera’s, are well-loved for its signature creamy, hearty soup. Perhaps the most popular is the Clam Chowder, but Panera’s summer chowder also tastes just as yummy. Since it’s a seasonal dish, they only serve this chowder during summertime. That’s because in the U.S., corn harvesting season starts in June, which is also the start of their warm, summer days. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this delicious chowder at any time of the year. You can simply use store-bought frozen corn kernels, regardless of the season. And since you’re using them in warm soup, they’ll be cooked through perfectly thanks to the heat. Your chowder will end up tasting just like Panera’s! 

With our copycat recipe, you won’t have to wait for Panera’s seasonal summer corn chowder to come back on their menu. You can make this dish while in the comforts of your own kitchen. It’s easy to cook, and you’ll only need a few ingredients you can buy almost anywhere. Lastly, no chowder is complete without its side salad. Try our Copycat Panera Bread Asian Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe and you’re all set for lunch!

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How To Make Panera Summer Corn Chowder Copycat

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This delectable, creamy chowder soup with fresh corn kernels and spices is the perfect comfort food for any season. With our Panera Summer Corn Chowder Copycat Recipe, you can enjoy this corn chowder dish whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 40 mins
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  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups corn kernels
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly 8 oz, diced
  • 1 russet potatoes, roughly 4 oz, diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

For Serving:

  • 2 tomatoes, roughly 2 oz total, diced


  1. Heat oil and butter in a pot over low heat. Add onion and saute until translucent.

  2. Add corn, bell peppers, and potatoes. Saute briefly.

  3. Add flour. Roast briefly.

  4. Deglaze with white wine and reduce briefly.

  5. Add stock and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium.

  6. Cover pot and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes, or until vegetables soften and raw flour taste is gone.

  7. Transfer soup into a blender and puree until smooth. Stick blender can also be used as substitute.

  8. If needed, strain soup back into the pot to discard any leftover solids.

  9. Return soup back to heat and add cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust accordingly.

  10. Evenly distribute soup into bowls, then garnish with diced tomatoes. Serve and enjoy!

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Commonly Asked Questions

Is this copycat recipe vegetarian?

Yes! Just like Panera’s Summer Corn Chowder, our chowder recipe uses ingredients that are all vegetarian-friendly. Instead of chicken broth, we use vegetable stock for its base. The other ingredients, from corn to peppers, are all plant-based. However, this recipe isn’t vegan-friendly since it uses butter and heavy cream which come from cows. Although, you can simply replace these ingredients with vegan-friendly ones.

What to serve with corn chowder?

Corn Chowders taste even better when served alongside crusty breads, sandwiches and salads. You can try making some Pecan Chicken Salad or Chicken Salad Sandwiches if you want some protein to go along with your chowder. And for bread, might we suggest some Low Calorie Italian Bread?

Is chowder supposed to be thick?

Some chowder recipes are thicker than others because they use flour (which thickens the soup). On the other hand, chowder recipes from New England are still creamy, but definitely not as thick. That’s because they don’t use flour as a thickening agent. They rely instead on starch from potatoes.



You won’t have to wait for summer to come around to get a taste of Panera’s popular summer corn chowder. With our copycat recipe, you’ll be enjoying this dish whether it’s sunny or rainy season. This healthy chowder dish is a warm, hearty meal that definitely brings long-lasting comfort.

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